San Marino GP: Jaguar Friday practice notes

Jaguar Racing's three drivers, Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and Björn Wirdheim (24) took to the track today for the first on-track session of the San Marino Grand Prix weekend. All drivers are familiar with the circuit and as a result...

Jaguar Racing's three drivers, Mark Webber (27), Christian Klien (21) and Björn Wirdheim (24) took to the track today for the first on-track session of the San Marino Grand Prix weekend. All drivers are familiar with the circuit and as a result their timings placed them 12th, 16th and 18th respectively. The team has been working on balance, general set-up and tyre compounds over the two sessions today with drivers sharing testing duties. The team is positive ahead of tomorrow's qualifying session.

Mark Webber:

"A good day today working with the team and Michelin. The boys have done a good job with the car and its pace and set-up in particular. I managed to complete my programme for testing and I am pleased with my timings. We will now be focusing on the decisons that we need to take tonight in preparation for tomorrow's qualifying. I like this circuit and I enjoy it so it makes my job a lot easier. With this in mind I will be looking to achieve a competitive position tomorrow for the grid on Sunday."

Christian Klien:

"This morning was good as we worked on set-up and the R5 seems well balanced. This afternoon, however, was not quite as I had expected as we suffered a slight hydraulic leak which meant that I lost some time in the car. The mechanics did a good job to turn it around so quickly so that I actually managed to get back out on track before the end of the session. My times were consistently getting faster so I am pleased to be making progress here. I will be looking to do some more laps tomorrow since I missed out on a few today and see how much more I can improve in time for Sunday's race."

Björn Wirdheim:

"I am pleased with how today has gone and I am enjoying being back at a track that I have some experience on. Both of my sessions today were trouble free and I successfully worked on set-up this morning and then some aerodynamic and mechanical areas this afternoon. The R5 is feeling really good and the balance around here is good considering that the track can be generally quite bumpy in places where the kerbs are. We are well-positioned going into qualifying tomorrow so I am looking forward to seeing what Mark and Chrsitian can do with the R5."

Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance:

"We worked through our usual programme today focusing first this morning on our base-line set-up for all three drivers. Although they all know the track, they took some time to familiarise themselves with the circuit before working on additonal areas this afternoon. Mark and Christian progressed on to tyre comparisons in the second session which has proved valuable and will of course allow us to make our decision tonight for the rest of the weekend."

"Björn focused on aero and mechanical set-up this afternoon and did a good job. Mark managed 28 laps trouble-free, although unfortunately Christian suffered a hydraulic problem which required some attention, but the team turned it around and he was back out by the end of the afternoon session. We are upbeat going into tomorrow and we will be looking to make the most of qualifying with the R5 being well-balanced with an encouraging pace."

Mark Webber
Position: 12th
Best time: 1:22.167
Chassis: R5-03

Christian Klien
Position: 16th
Best time: 1.23.211
Chassis: R5-01

Björn Wirdheim
Position :18th
Best time: 1.23.470
Chassis: R5 - 02

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Bjorn Wirdheim , Christian Klien
Teams Jaguar Racing